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Teaching your dog to go lie down on his mat or bed on cue gives you a wonderfully versatile tool in your doggie management desk and have him underfoot. Or you are cooking an would prefer not to trip over a hopeful canine tracking your every move around the kitchen. Maybe guests are visiting for dinner and they aren’t the belly-scratching kind. There’s no shortage of scenarios where it might be handy to have your dog politely lying on his mat. Here’s how to train your pup:
Pause a second or two (one-thousand, two-one thousand), then lure your pup onto his matby putting the treat up to his nose and slowly moving in over the mat. If you move your hand too quickly or too far away from his mouth he may give up and lose interest.
As soon as your pooch has four paws on the mat, treat.
Tell your pup, “Down”. Give the hand signal or lure him/her if you pooch needs help. When he lies down, treat your pup. Continue to treat to keep your pooch on the mat. After a few seconds, tell your pup, “Okay”, and then allow him to get up.
Repeat steps 1-4, gradually increasing the amount of time you ask him to stay on the mat</>. As you pooch gets better and better, space out the treats he gets for staying on his mat. Eventually he will stay for no treats at all, but to keep the behavior strong, thank him occasionally for job well done.
Practice when you can pay attention. For example when you are answering easy emails, not when concentrating on a report due tomorrow. Or when preparing a sandwich, not trying a gourmet recipe for the first time. And TV commercials are better time than engrossing movies.